Mzuzu city residents were today provided with a platform to directly engage with their Councillors and officials from Mzuzu city council at a community dialogue session organised by the Story Workshop Educational Trust (SWET). The function which was held at Katoto School ground was held under the Tilitonse Deepening Democracy project which SWET is implementing with support from Tilitonse fund.
The day long session also saw citizens in the company of their Councillors and officers from Mzuzu city council visit sites in Zolozolo and Masasa townships where citizens are requesting their leaders to bring development.
Citizens were also sensitised on the funding schemes through which the council and their elected leaders such as Members of Parliament and Councillors implement development projects. The Director of Adminstration at Mzuzu city council Mr. Victor Masina said the project will go a long way in enhancing implementation of projects responsive to the needs of citizens.
SWET Project Officer Chifundo Zulu said the main purpose of the Community dialogue session was to create a forum where community members are able to interact with duty bearers and exchange views on how they can work together to solve development challenges the community members face.
"One of the major activities under the Tilitonse Deepening Democracy project is Community Dialogue Sessions. The first one of these sessions was held in Blantyre two weeks ago" Zulu said.
The citizens were also reminded of their ability to report on the status of service delivery in their areas through the MZINDA platform where they can send a message to +265 888 242 063 or submit a report by signing up on the web platform www.mzinda.com
The Tilitonse deepening democracy project is being implemented by the Story Workshop Educational Trust (SWET) in partnership with CCODE and mHub with financial support from Tilitonse fund.